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Welcome to the results of our 2018 Best Marathons in the U.S. poll! Here we list the top marathon in every U.S. state organized by month, with runners-up in italics.

You can also view this list organized by state to read a brief profile on each of our winners.

THANK YOU to all who voted or posted your reviews β€” your overwhelming support enabled us to compile this list with confidence. We hope you’ll add some of these to your own wish list! πŸ‘

Disclaimer: Due to their exclusive status as World Marathon Majors (with all the prestige and advantages conferred by that status) the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon were excluded from the voting in their respective states (Massachusetts, Illinois and New York). It’s no secret these three races are bucket-list favorites, and our goal is to help runners discover less ballyhooed events deserving of their time and money.


Best Marathons in the U.S. by month

January

Chevron Houston Marathon – Houston, TX
Maui Oceanfront Marathon – Lahaina, HI
Rock β€˜n’ Roll Arizona Marathon – Phoenix, AZ
Walt Disney World Half Marathon – Lake Buena Vista, FL

February

Atlanta Marathon (fka Georgia Marathon) – Atlanta, GA
Lost Dutchman Marathon – Apache Junction, AZ
Mercedes-Benz Marathon – Birmingham, AL
Mississippi Blues Marathon – Jackson, MS
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon – New Orleans, LA

March

B&A Trail Marathon – Severna Park, MD
Bataan Memorial Death March – White Sands, NM
GO! St. Louis Marathon – St. Louis, MO
Louisiana Marathon – Baton Rouge, LA (rescheduled from Jan for 2021)

Myrtle Beach Marathon – Myrtle Beach, SC
Napa Valley Marathon – Calistoga, CA
Savin Rock Marathon – West Haven, CT

April

Big Sur International Marathon – Big Sur, CA
Carmel Marathon Weekend – Carmel, IN
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon – Champaign, IL (tie, IL runner-up)
Delaware Marathon Running Festival – Wilmington, DE
Eugene Marathon – Eugene, OR
Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz – Olathe, KS
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon – Louisville, KY
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon – Nashville, TN

May

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon – Cincinnati, OH
Coeur d’Alene Marathon – Coeur d’Alene, ID
The Cowtown – Fort Worth, TX (rescheduled from Feb for 2021)
Eau Claire Marathon – Eau Claire, WI
Lincoln Marathon – Lincoln, NE
Pittsburgh Marathon – Pittsburgh, PA
Providence Marathon – Providence, RI
Tobacco Road Marathon – Cary, NC (tie, NC runner-up; rescheduled from Mar for 2021)
Vermont City Marathon – Burlington, VT

June

Casper Marathon – Casper, WY
Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon – Anchorage, AK
Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon – Deadwood, SD
Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, MN
Hatfield McCoy Marathon – Williamson, WV (WV winner, KY runner-up)
Missoula Marathon – Missoula, MT
REVEL Rockies – Evergreen, CO
Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon – Seattle, WA
Run4Troops Marathon – Dyersville, IA

July

Maah Daah Hey Trail Marathon – Grassy Butte, ND
Mad Marathon – Waitsfield, VT
Madison Marathon – Madison, MT (tie, MT runner-up)

August

Anchorage RunFest (Humpy’s Marathon) – Anchorage, AK
ET Full Moon Midnight Marathon – Rachel, NV
Mesa Falls Marathon – Idaho Falls, ID
Pikes Peak Marathon – Manitou Springs, CO

September

Air Force Marathon – Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Belleville Main Street Marathon – Belleville, IL (tie, IL runner-up)

Bozeman Marathon – Gallatin Gateway, MT (tie, MT runner-up)
Clarence DeMar Marathon – Keene, NH
Fargo Marathon – Fargo, ND (rescheduled from May for 2021)
Jackson Hole Marathon – Jackson, WY
Omaha Marathon – Omaha, NE

Quad Cities Marathon – Moline, IL
REVEL Big Cottonwood – Salt Lake City, UT

October

Amica Newport Marathon – Newport, RI
Atlantic City Marathon – Atlantic City, NJ
Baltimore Running Festival – Baltimore, MD
Baystate Marathon – Lowell, MA
Cape Cod Marathon – Falmouth, MA
Columbia Gorge Marathon – Hood River, OR
Des Moines Marathon – Des Moines, IA
Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon – Detroit, MI
Duke City Marathon – Albuquerque, NM
Freedom’s Run – Harpers Ferry, WV

Grand Rapids Marathon – Grand Rapids, MI
Hartford Marathon – Hartford, CT
Kansas City Marathon – Kansas City, MO
Maine Marathon – Portland, ME
Marine Corps Marathon – Arlington, VA
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon – Minneapolis, MN
New Hampshire Marathon – Bristol, NH
Mount Desert Island Marathon – Bar Harbor, ME
New Jersey Marathon – Oceanport, NJ (rescheduled from April for 2021)
Niagara Falls International Marathon – Buffalo, NY
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – Oklahoma City, OK (rescheduled from April for 2021)
Prairie Fire Marathon – Wichita, KS
Run Crazy Horse – Crazy Horse, SD
St. George Marathon – St. George, UT
Wineglass Marathon – Bath, NY

November

Charlotte Marathon – Charlotte, NC (tie, NC runner-up)
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon – Indianapolis, IN
Little Rock Marathon – Little Rock, AR (rescheduled from March for 2021)
Madison Marathon – Madison, WI
Outer Banks Marathon – Kitty Hawk, NC
Philadelphia Marathon – Philadelphia, PA
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon – Las Vegas, NV
Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon – Savannah, GA
Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa, OK
Seattle Marathon – Seattle, WA
Space Coast Marathon – Cocoa, FL
VCU Health Richmond Marathon – Richmond, VA

December

Honolulu Marathon – Honolulu, HI
Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon – Little Rock, AR
Kiawah Island Marathon – Kiawah Island, SC
Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon – Pass Christian, MS
Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon – Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rocket City Marathon – Huntsville, AL
St. Jude Memphis Marathon – Memphis, TN